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Page 4 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 6, 2012 Lombardo's Announces New David Lombardo was recently hired as General Manager of Lombardo's Function Facility in Randolph. Mr. Lombardo brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to the company. As a family, Lombardo's is thrilled to have him join them and the current fourth generation mem- bers of their company. ager for two years. When they '--'" t opened the Legal C Bar at Legal -/, . Place in Dedham, David was part of the opening management team as the restaurant manager and after one year was promoted by Sal Giarratani to assistant general manager. This past year, he was part of the Another Christmas Filled with Memories management team to open up the Another New Year Filled with Hopes to Be new Legal Harborside and is the David has worked for Lombardo's for many years as an intern. After he graduated from the University of Vermont in 2007, he joined Legal Seafood and entered their ten week management and training course. After completing the training, he worked at the Legal in Braintree as the restaurant man- assistant general manager of all three levels with his primary responsibility to run the roof deck. David grew up in Wayland but now lives in South Boston. He enjoys cooking, skiing, traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family. Burlington Sons of Italy Language Classes The Italian classes offered by the Burlington Sons of Italy, Lodge #2223 will resume on Wednesday and Thursday, Janu- ary 25 th & 26% 2012 for its second ten-week course of the school year. It is offered to all present students and to anyone interested in acquiring levels of proficiency with the language or learning about Italy. Beginner 1 & 2 Classes and Intermediate 1 & 2 Classes meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00-9:00 pm at St. Margaret's School on Winn Street in Burlington, MA, beginning on January 25% 2012; and the Intermediate Advanced Class meet on Thursday evenings in Stoneham, beginning January 26 a, 2012. Registrations for all classes will take place on Wednesday, January 18 th from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at St. Margaret's School. Whether you have a desire to learn Italian as a second language, want to pick up a few words or phrases for that trip to Italy, or talk to one of your Italian relatives, this is the class for you! Our teachers, Tom and Maria Stuto of Stoneham, have been teaching Ital- ian to local communities for many years. Maria has taught in the Burlington Public School system and has been part of a team of teachers that has taken students to Italy every year. In addition to learning the Ital- ian language, you will learn many interest- ing facts about Italy's culture, people, food and the land. The Burlington Sons of Italy Lodge has been organizing and supporting Italian Language Classes for over 12 years and the program has become one of our areas of interest and excellent achievement of which we are very proud. The program was the inspiration of a former lodge president and the dream was to teach Italian to the members of our Lodge and community. This dream and goal is on- going and we have educated many people over the years. Many of our students have completed the entire course. The majority of our students enroll in the Beginner 1 & 2 classes to pre- pare themselves so that they will be able to converse in their native tongue for that trip back to the homeland of their ancestry. For additional details or if you are inter- ested in signing-up for class, please visit our website at or contact our class director, Phil D'Alleva, at e-mail address: i i ' i All the glory that was Rome ..... Pompei Bistro Beer Wine 0 Daily 11A/00 l Call 617.78!1. 2300 1 Reginapizza.co00 353 Cambridge Sfree}. AIIsfon [] Visil" us af fhe Original Regina on lhacher Sl'reet" in fhe Norlh End Mayor Henino Appoints School Committee Members Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced the appointment of Boston School Committee member, Meg Campbell and the re-appointment of Claudio Martinez, both to four-year terms. "The Boston School Com- mittee plays an essential role in our city, working to make sure all of our children learn and thrive," Mayor Menino said. "I am pleased to appoint two respected leaders who can help raise our schools to the next level." Meg Campbell is the Founder and Executive Direc- tor of the Codman Academy Charter Public School in Dorchester, which has been recognized by the City and the Commonwealth for its partnerships and noted for the college admittance suc- cess of its students. Meg, a Dorchester resident, is active in many neighborhood and city-wide initiatives and also writes on education policy. Claudio Martinez is the Ex- ecutive Director of the Hyde Square Task Force, where he has developed several pro- grams and grown the award- winning non-profit organiza- tion from a $100,000 to a multi-million dollar opera- tion. He was first appointed to the Boston School Committee for the term beginning in 2008. Claudio, a Jamaica Plain resident, sits on several boards and has been recog- nized many times for his leadership in the community. I grew up in Boston's South End and nearby lower Roxbury. Today, hardly any- one goes to church anymore but back then, I actually went to two churches, the Immaculate Conception where I was an altar boy and St. Philip's where I was also an altar boy. St. Philip's Par- ish had a large Italian com- munity near it while the neighborhood also had many Irish and Black families too. It was quite Catholic as most of Boston was back in the '50s and '60s. You could count the Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, on your finger- tips. By the mid to late '60s, that would change when those Northeast Yellowbirds made direct flights from San Juan to Logan. Ironically, there were Puerto Ricans on the Irish side of my family. I had an Aunt Bianca and three cousins. My uncle Joe Harrington met his wife dur- ing his World War II years in the US Navy. As a little kid about 5 years old I stopped believing in Santa because I was too much into architecture. How could Santa make it down the chimney when we didn't have a fireplace? He could only head to the oven and that wouldn't be good for him. I also spotted the Boston Post truck pull up late at night on to Salutation Street in the North End with those Post Santa gifts for me and my little brother. I spent most of my youth growing up near Boston City Hospital or the Green Shoe factory both of which were located along Harrison Av- enue. My father worked at Boston City Hospital for over 35 years. The South End was much more working class back then when rents on East Springfield Street were $25 a month plus utilities. Today, rents on that street now reach four digits a month. Some of my best memories were all those years in high school and college when I worked at the City Spa Caf- eteria behind the counter. It was a great place to learn about people and make money too. I paid my college tuition from my City Spa paycheck. The place was a great slice of South End life. Doctors, nurses, cabbies, hookers, bookies, etc. I also counted more than a dozen barrooms within walking dis- tance of my front door on East Springfield Street. I loved walking by Smith and Sheehan's on Washington Street. We locals called it 'the bucket of blood.' I guess the place had a reputation for fights. I enjoyed double fea- tures at the Puritan on Sat- urdays for 20 cents. Once I got kicked out of the place by the manager for throwing spitballs from the balcony. Then, he went and told my parents too. I remember the Chinese laundry with their garbage dumpster that the neighborhood treated as its own. At night after all the Chinese workers went home, the neighbors would carry their trash over to the dumpster. I did it one evening before the last work- ers left the place and ended up getting chased up the back alley to Harrison Av- enue. I was fleet-a-foot, the guy wasn't. I remember as a kid buy- ing, well my mother was buy- ing not me, toys at Cobb's 5 & 10 on Washington Street. I had a great collectiofl of fire trucks. I remember shop- ping at the First National or Folsoms. I remember my" mother taking my brother and me shopping at the St. Vincent de Paul's store across from all those new DeSoto's at Hub Motors on the turnstile. I always wanted a DeSoto but they disappeared when I was 12 years old. When I wasn't peering into the picture win- dow looking at those new cars with all those fins, I was down near home at Chico's trying to sneak a peek at all those girlie magazines be- fore they were wrapped in a sealed wrapper. I got kicked out of there many times too. Here I am today remem- bering the old days but also waiting to make some new memories in 2012. I am not as "fleet-a-foot' as I once was and I run about as fast as a turtle. 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